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2013 APE REPORT: Sponsored by cuteoverload.com
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Renee FrenchPat MoriarityMcSweeneysMark KalesnikoMario HernandezMalachi WardJustin HallJulia GfrörerJR WilliamsJim BlanchardJesse ReklawGraham ChaffeeeventsBill GriffithBen Catmull 17 Oct 2013 5:27 PM

I'm going into this hoping that less is more and that a little convention report goes a long way with most folks. I know that's true of myself. I have yet to meet a comic book convention that I want to read more about than, say, WWI, despite how many con reports endeavor to prove me wrong.

What I'm really saying is, I didn't take as many pics as I should, especially as the weekend wore on.

I flew down Friday afternoon, this time attended by my girls (wifey Rhea and 5YO child unit Clem), which was a rare treat for me. It wouldn't be APE without a kickoff party at the "offices" of the House that Ron Turner Built, a.k.a Last Gasp, so we began there. In a vast warehouse of thousands of filthy, filthy books (I mean that most affectionately), my little girl zoomed in on this book like she was a dog working for the DEA and this was a brick of high grade hash that someone abandoned hastily during a raid of the premises:

BOO: THE LIFE OF THE WORLD'S CUTEST DOG features back cover endorsements from Nicky Hilton, Khloé Kardashian, cuteoverload.com and "Facebook Fan." Of course we bought it for her. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if Gary Groth had had a daughter.

I could have spent the rest of the weekend taking pictures at Last Gasp. It is one of my favorite places in the world. It gives me MAJOR WORKPLACE ENVY. Fantagraphics is a wonderful place but we don't have Binky Brown's coffin on the wall (although our inventory manager, Martin Bland, has a very similar Jack-in-theBox):

Anyway, the always totally awesome Kristine Anstine showed Clem the toy section while Mommy and Daddy enjoyed the party a bit more...

Kristine, however, continued to take orders throughout the party because she's a PRO (take note: this will come up again later).

Before we took leave, the great Ron Turner himself gave us a tour of his "private stash". I love and respect Ron immensely and really admire the empire he's built. His collection of cool shit is nonpareil.

From Last Gasp, we kept on truckin' (hyuk) to Mission Comics for onetime MOME contributor Malachi Ward's exhibition. Which was great, but you'll have to take my word for it, because I'd had two IPAs by that point and forgot to take any more photographs.

APE kicked off on Saturday morning at 11AM after a couple hours of set up. This will be my own little "panic room" for the next 36 hours or so:

Here is our first customer of the day, Brian Herrick, a fine cartoonist in his own right, with equally exceptional taste. I believe he is the first person in the world to take home a copy of Julia Gfrörer's BLACK IS THE COLOR. With great power comes great responsibility, Brian. I was so excited for you I couldn't hold the camera straight.

Remember when I mentioned Kristine Anstine being a true PRO? Well, here's another. APE Special Guest Bill Griffith dutifully worked on not one but two ZIPPY dailies behind our booth all weekend, in those rare moments that no one was asking him if he was having fun yet. Now that's a pro. Always working. I asked Bill if he ever got tired of drawing (something I've heard more than once from cartoonists who have been at it a lot less time than him). He matter-of-factly and without missing a beat answered, "No."

PRO, I TELL YOU:

Here, Mark Kalesniko and Jesse Reklaw sign copies of their books at the Fanta tables. More PROS!

But let's examine this scene closer and note just how well Jesse has perfected his "come hither" look at conventions, it's really something:

I mean, is it any surprise that Jesse's COUCH TAG was our bestseller at the show? With those eyes?

Always good to see friendly faces at shows, such as our pals Pete Maresca of Sunday Press and Martha Oresman from TWP. I have no funny jokes to make about these very nice people:

I think Ben Catmull is vowing revenge on someone in this picture, while Graham Chaffee and Justin Hall slowly attempt to back away:

Can you tell I'm running out of steam? I'm thinking of trying to get a blurb from cuteoverload.com for this one:



Here is a picture of Alec Longsteth, followed by a picture of Mario Hernandez. Excellent gentlemen, each. Mario is always one of the people I look forward to seeing most at APE. He had the prettiest fingernails at the show this year.

Here is my APE stash. I didn't get a chance to do any proper shopping this year, but thanks to generosity of many of my fellow exhibitors, I managed to come home with an impressive haul.

Which reminds me, did anyone else notice the spine of this month's issue of THE BELIEVER?:

There were so many old friends at APE that I didn't get a chance to take a photo of, like Jim Blanchard, J.R. Williams, Pat Moriarity, and Renée French. I was too busy closing deals. ABC! ALWAYS BE CLOSING. What can I say? I, too, am a PRO.

Anyway, let me leave you with this cuteoverload.com-worthy piece by Graham Chaffee:



Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesMario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 30 Aug 2013 1:03 PM

Love and Rockets: The Covers
by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez

144-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-598-3

See More Previews / Order Now

Five women stand in a police lineup; four of them are garishly dressed super-women — perfectly normal, because this is, after all, the cover of a comic book. A closer look, however, reveals a fifth woman who seems thoroughly out of place — mousy, in a bathrobe and curlers, smoking a cigarette. Surely she's here by mistake — or is she?

From this very first cover of the very first issue of Love and Rockets in 1982, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (along with their brother, Mario) have created artwork that has subverted, contradicted and celebrated the history of comics while making it their own.

For the first time, these iconic comic book covers from the original Love and Rockets comic book series (and the earliest trade paperbacks) have been restored and collected.

This is a gorgeous, oversized art book and the perfect gift for fans of the series that virtually defines alternative comics.

View Video & Photo Slideshow Preview in New Window

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 29 Aug 2013 6:13 PM

"Love and Rockets #1 is marvelous. I hope one day to attain the level of the cover drawing myself... it is a perfect drawing." – Moebius, 1982

Love and Rockets: The Covers
by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez

144-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-598-3

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/lrcovers

Love and Rockets: The Covers by Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 29 Aug 2013 1:51 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Love and Rockets: The Covers
by Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez

144-page full-color 10.25" x 13.25" hardcover • $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-598-3

See Previews / Order Now

Five women stand in a police lineup; four of them are garishly dressed super-women — perfectly normal, because this is, after all, the cover of a comic book. A closer look, however, reveals a fifth woman who seems thoroughly out of place — mousy, in a bathrobe and curlers, smoking a cigarette. Surely she's here by mistake — or is she?

From this very first cover of the very first issue of Love and Rockets in 1982, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez (along with their brother, Mario) have created artwork that has subverted, contradicted and celebrated the history of comics while making it their own.

For the first time, these iconic comic book covers from the original Love and Rockets comic book series (and the earliest trade paperbacks) have been restored and collected.

This is a gorgeous, oversized art book and the perfect gift for fans of the series that virtually defines alternative comics.

First Look Catch-Up Cavalcade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shimura TakakoPrince ValiantPeter BaggeMario HernandezLove and RocketsKipp FriedmanJohnny CraigJim FloraJaime HernandezHans RickheitHal FosterGilbert HernandezGene DeitchEC ComicsComing AttractionsBlake BellBill EverettAl Feldstein 24 Jul 2013 12:13 PM

We're kinda busy. All of these books are slated to come out in a 4- to 6-week period from August to mid-September! (Plus a few others we've already shown you.) We're going to take the less-is-more, show-don't-tell approach with this update; each photo links to the product details page where you can learn more and pre-order each title. And of course we'll have more pretty preview pics coming soon. Get your wallets ready!

Prince Valiant Vol. 7

The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora

Nudnik Revealed!

The Squirrel Machine

Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories

Heroic Tales

Love and Rockets: The Covers

Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me

Wandering Son Vol. 5

Barracuda in the Attic

The Love and Rockets Companion - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMario HernandezMarc SobelLove and RocketsKristy ValentiJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 17 Jul 2013 7:28 PM

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

368-page black & white/color 7.5" x 9.25" jacketed softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-579-2

See More Previews / Order Now

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting) contains three incredibly in-depth and candid interviews with creators Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez: one conducted by writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline); one conducted some six years into the comic’s run by longtime L&R publisher Gary Groth; and one conducted by the book’s author, spanning Gilbert’s, Jaime’s and Mario’s careers, and looking to the future of the ongoing series, with a follow-up conversation with Groth. This book has foldout family trees for both Gilbert’s Palomar and Jaime’s Locas storylines; unpublished art; a character glossary (which is handy, considering that Gilbert alone has created 50+ characters!); highlights from the original series’ anarchic letters columns; timelines; and the most wide-ranging Hernandez Brothers bibliography ever compiled, including album and DVD covers, posters and more. The obsessive-yet-accessible detail and high production values make it a must-have for comics collectors, scholars, libraries and old and new fans alike: for those new to the series, it will make jumping in seem less daunting. For longtime fans, it clears up confusion that even those devoted to the groundbreaking alternative comic over its 30-year run can experience, given the sheer amount of material and sophisticated storytelling techniques (such as flashbacks, flash forwards, elliptical narrative and magical realism).

The Love and Rockets Companion

The Love and Rockets Companion - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesMario HernandezMarc SobelLove and RocketsKristy ValentiJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 16 Jul 2013 6:11 PM

"It’s an impressively thick tribute to L&R, featuring three lengthy interviews with the cartoonists, a complete list of characters in both Jaime’s Locas series and Gilbert’s Palomar saga, a timeline of the stories, an issue checklist and even a selection of highlights from the letter columns. In short, it’s the perfect scrapbook to some of the best comics ever made." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

368-page black & white/color 7.5" x 9.25" jacketed softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-579-2

Available Now! http://www.fantagraphics.com/lrcompanion

The Love and Rockets Companion - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesMario HernandezMarc SobelLove and RocketsKristy ValentiJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez 9 Jul 2013 5:51 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department: 

The Love and Rockets Companion

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel & Kristy Valenti

368-page black & white/color 7.5" x 9.25" jacketed softcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-579-2

See Previews / Order Now

The Love and Rockets Companion: 30 Years (and Counting) contains three incredibly in-depth and candid interviews with creators Gilbert, Jaime and Mario Hernandez: one conducted by writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline); one conducted some six years into the comic’s run by longtime L&R publisher Gary Groth; and one conducted by the book’s author, spanning Gilbert’s, Jaime’s and Mario’s careers, and looking to the future of the ongoing series, with a follow-up conversation with Groth. This book has foldout family trees for both Gilbert’s Palomar and Jaime’s Locas storylines; unpublished art; a character glossary (which is handy, considering that Gilbert alone has created 50+ characters!); highlights from the original series’ anarchic letters columns; timelines; and the most wide-ranging Hernandez Brothers bibliography ever compiled, including album and DVD covers, posters and more. The obsessive-yet-accessible detail and high production values make it a must-have for comics collectors, scholars, libraries and old and new fans alike: for those new to the series, it will make jumping in seem less daunting. For longtime fans, it clears up confusion that even those devoted to the groundbreaking alternative comic over its 30-year run can experience, given the sheer amount of material and sophisticated storytelling techniques (such as flashbacks, flash forwards, elliptical narrative and magical realism).

Love and Rockets: The Covers - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsMario HernandezLove and RocketsJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 17 Jun 2013 2:05 PM

We know you've really been wondering what the interior of Love and Rockets: The Covers looks like... how it's laid out, what the recoloring looks like, what it includes. This PDF excerpt should answer your questions, particularly the Editor's Note:

It's a spectacular and dee-luxe production and we want to be sure we're getting everything just right at the printer, so we're taking a little extra time with it and it's now scheduled for September release. Here's a sample of the clear overlay that wraps around the front cover:

Love and Rockets: The Covers overlay

Mario Hernandez at the Latino Comics Expo San Francisco!
Written by janice headley | Filed under Mario HernandezLove and Rocketsevents 28 May 2013 10:13 AM

Mario Hernandez at the Latino Comics Expo San Francisco!

We're excited to announce that Love & Rockets co-creator/living legend Mario Hernandez will be a special guest at the Third Annual Latino Comics Expo in San Francisco. 

Join Mario on Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd for the nation’s first convention focusing on Latino creators and Latino-themed subject matter at the Cartoon Art Museum.

All events are open to the public and are included with paid admission to the Cartoon Art Museum at 655 Mission Street, near Yerba Buena Gardens between New Montgomery and Third Street in San Francisco. 

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